Groomers appreciation benefit planned

Snowmobile riders enjoy one of the many trails in the Upper Peninsula. A business in Ontonagon County is holding a fundraising event on Saturday. (Journal file photos)

By Journal Staff

BERGLAND — No matter what time of year it is, trails in the Upper Peninsula are an important part of the outdoor recreation the area is known for.

But keeping those trails passable for skiers and snowmobilers is a full-time job.

An Ontonagon County business will host a benefit to show appreciation to the group of trail groomers who have been clearing the path for outdoor enthusiasts all season.

Trail groomers from the Lake Gogebic Area Grooming Club will step out of their grooming machines and take a shift behind the 100-year-old bar at AJ’s Lodge & Oven in Bergland on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. All tips received that night be used for costs associated with grooming trails in the area.

The U.P. is home to more than 600 miles of groomed trails offering scenic overlooks, railroad grades, waterfalls and more to riders.

Lake Gogebic is less than 20 miles from Lake Superior, the Porcupine Mountains and Lake of the Clouds.

According to a press release, area grooming clubs work throughout the year to groom the trails for visitors and residents to take part in the snowmobile experience.

In the off-season, trail groomers are out clearing and brushing trails. But in the winter, trail groomers are out day and night in an effort to help maintain a trail system that everyone can enjoy.

In addition to live music with Jenna Jayne from 8-11 p.m., trail groomers will feature their own drink specials. There will be a wood-fired pizza special and a lodging special for those interested in staying the night.

For more information, visit online at ajslodgeandoven.com. Questions can be directed to Mary Beth DeFazio by calling 906-575-3557 or emailing marybeth@walleyelodge.com.


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